Sunday, February 20, 2011

Enough!

In honor of the weekend I interrupt this daily blog challenge thingie (which I am apparently not doing quite daily, but hey! At least more frequently than I WAS!) to gripe about Wal Mart. I know, just what the world needs: another post about how much Wal Mart sucks. But seriously.

I went there rather than my usual grocery store because we were out of Pull-Ups (yes, THAT'S still happening,) diapers, wipes and toilet paper, and there is just nowhere around here to get those things as cheaply. I also had a bunch of coupons for free half gallons of 8th Generation brand soy milk which I won in a Swistle contest a few months ago. I hadn't been able to find that brand at any of our local groceries, but remembered that I had seen it at Wal Mart a couple of times. So, to the big box store I went.

First of all, they didn't have that kind of milk in stock. Yes, they still CARRY it. They just don't HAVE any. Ditto for like three other specific brands of items I was looking for. You could see the price sticker and the shelf space reserved for that product, it just wasn't there currently. Sorry! So then I went to the regular milk section, and it was five dollars a gallon. WT? That is WAY above normal price around here.

The terrible, dim lighting was flickering the whole time I was there, making it feel like shopping in the twilight zone, and once I reached the registers there were only two cashiers working, despite the FIFTEEN check out lanes. After finally getting rung up (after waiting behind all the people out shopping with their toddlers at ten o' clock at night, buying nothing but Mountain Dew and generic Cheez Puffs) I realized that I hadn't actually spent any less than I did last week at my usual grocery. And the produce I had purchased was far inferior.

So! No more, evil Wal Mart. I feel like an abused spouse who's finally had enough. Yes, I kept venturing back despite terrible experiences, believing that there was still a redeeming quality in our relationship worth salvaging (in this case, cheap bulk diapers) but I am DONE. So not worth it. I get a terrible, unpleasant shopping experience, a dirty, understaffed store, inconsistent brand/product selection, and in the end a not much smaller at all, IF at all, price. Not to mention the guilt about "voting with my dollar" for one of the most unethical corporations in the country.

Anyways! On a related note, I have I think twenty vouchers for free half gallons of 8th Generation soy milk that I apparently won't be using, so if any of YOU can use them, let me know in the comments and then I'll choose a random winner and send them to you!

12 comments:

Scottish Twins said...

I had my last Walmart shopping experience about a year ago. I went there looking for a few items and they had none of them - no yogurt without sugar, no organic produce, none of my frozen foods, etc. That's my beef with the store - there is hardly anything healthy there. I find that Meijer has comparable prices and a much better selection.

Nowheymama said...

I am sorry for your troubles, AND I would gladly take those vouchers off your hands. The dairy-free part of our shopping is way too expensive.

Nowheymama said...

P.S. Hi,Jessica! Are you still blogging at Scottish Twins? Will you let me in?!

Swistle said...

I love this post. I DO keep going to Walmart, maybe 4 times a year, and each time I feel like I just got punched in the head AGAIN. When will I say "ENOUGH!"?

Hillary said...

I'm with you ... and fwiw, I always found very good deal on diapers at Target, provided I had coupons. We use huggies and between coupons on the deal they often have where you buy two boxes and get a $5 giftcard, it usually was less expensive than WalMart.

Nik-Nak said...

My husband is a wm employee so I refuse to gripe. They are our means to live. I do understand your feelings though. I will say that the extra lanes are for Christmas season only. No wm in America has more than like five lanes going at once pretty much any other time. A lot of people do seem to hate wm. I ve never had a bad experience there as in my neck of the woods they are the cheapest and easiest places to get anything (I am very rural though)

Target? That place I don't get. Different strokes for different folks I reckon.

Kelsey said...

I also only go to Walmart once in a while. But there are a handful of items (oddly a lot of the peanut free things we like/need) that I can only get there. Maybe it helps that we have a very clean, new Walmart near us... I try to stock up on the things only they carry when I'm there, I'm not sure that's better than making more frequent small trips. Sorry you had such bad luck.

Michelle said...

I go to Walmart once a year to remind me I don't go more often. I always have a very similar experience that you had. Last time involved a dad in one of those scooter carts chasing out his children. Classy.

Sarah said...

Nik-Nak: Nothing personal intended, obviously. And maybe it's just our particular Wal Mart. There is in fact one about a half hour from here that I've been to a few times and always found it to be clean and well stocked. It's just too far for me to go on a regular basis.

Tracy said...

I have to day that I don't miss walmart shopping. not a bit.

Giselle said...

I love the analogy of Walmart being an abusive boyfriend. I only go twice a year or so...and every time I leave feeling the way you do. I swear I won't go back. And then 6 months later I'm sure I'm not remembering correctly and go back. Idiot.

Jennifer Doyle said...

Oh ho, ho! This definitely made me chuckle because, yes, I have had the same experiences, yet I haven't stopped going.

And I haven't stopped because I think that the 10 cents I'm going to save is going to somehow make up for the headache.